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Gender Identity and Gender Expression Toolkit

by Marion on June 14th, 2016
The 519 is a Toronto-based community agency which exists to support the evolving needs of the LGBTQ community. Awareness and education programs are part of its mandate. The 519 has just released a new resource: Creating Authentic Spaces – A Gender Identity and Gender Expression Toolkit to Support Implementation of Institutional Social Change.

This is an excellent resource to use in training or orientation sessions for all staff (program, management, customer service, maintenance, etc.) and volunteers to inform them of your agency / department’s inclusive approach for all citizens. Such education is particularly important for those working or interacting with youth, as self-identity is particularly important during the adolescent years.

This easy-to-read/understand document includes information on understanding gender identity, how to create welcoming environments, scorecards on operational areas such as risk management, and job aid tools such as washroom and change room signage, gender specific/neutral pronouns, and being a supportive peer or co-worker.

You can find this resource here.

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